By J. Reinoehl on March 09, 2018
Do you know which fruit formally goes by the name Pyrus malus, or which veggie is also known as Solanum tubersum? Know which flower in the garden is scientifically classified as the Artirrhinum majus, or Helianthus annus? If you think you can recognize plants by their scientific names, take our quiz to prove it!
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet but not if you're a scientist! With somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 species of plants in the Kingdom Plantae, trying to keep them organized is no easy task. While you might think a rose is a rose, scientists know that people around the world have all different names for this fragrant flower, and some may use the term "rose" for something you would never associate with this thorny plant.
To keep consistency among the scientific community and to clarify relationships between species, scientists rely on Latin terms to name each plant. The two-part Latin name reveals the Genus and species, making it easy to understand a plant's entire family structure from its name alone.
This practice of naming plants is known as Taxonomy, and it's a specialized task performed by botanists and other plant scientists. Think you can puzzle out the scientific names of common plants from a single image? Take our quiz to find out!